Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Workplace

2022 marks CMI’s 75th anniversary. To highlight this milestone, we are exploring what best practice looks like in Modern Management. Our focus is on the barriers that remain for including and maximising talent in the workplace, and how - as managers and leaders, we can take steps to overcome them.

One area that we are researching is sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace.

LGBT+ Leadership - the challenges we face

For LGBT+ workers, discrimination or bullying aimed at their sexual orientation or gender identity can stop them being their authentic selves at work. Yet, when workplace cultures are fully representative and inclusive, the data shows marked increases in individual and business outcomes.

In CMI’s 75th Anniversary survey, nearly a quarter of respondents who did not identify as heterosexual said they did not feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation at work.

Moreover, 39% said they had visible LGBT+ role models and only 26% said their organisations offer training for managers on LGBT+ inclusion.

So, what needs to change to include all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity?

Matt Haworth, Co-Founder of Reason Digital and Pride in Leadership, shares his views on the difficulties of visibility for LGBTQ+ leaders like himself, and gives advice for creating more inclusive work cultures.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discussion Paper

LGBT+ in the Workplace

We want to understand the barriers that remain to create fair, inclusive workplaces, and the practical steps leaders can take for positive action. Read the discussion paper on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the workplace.

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How CMI can help

Managing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Level 5)

This CMI qualification is designed for practising middle managers and leaders. It aims to enable understanding of the business case for equality, diversity and inclusion and the role of managers in creating inclusive cultures.

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Community and Regional Networks

Have your voice heard on important matters like workplace inclusivity through CMI’s community networks. These are made up of passionate individuals who come together to advocate for real change in their organisations and industries.

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